ERIC Number: ED416445
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Super Sounds Program.
Layman, Traci Arbogast; O'Neal, Thelma Lucille
Early childhood educators are concerned with the most effective method of integrating whole language and phonics to maximize emergent literacy skills. In kindergarten, it is especially important to provide the students with a variety of institutional approaches to accommodate different learning styles. A study examined the effectiveness of Super Sounds, a phonics program that is incorporated into a whole language curriculum. Subjects were 41 students from two kindergarten classes in an elementary school who were tested individually; the testing period was 2 weeks. The first assessment involved the students' ability to identify the letters of the alphabet and the sounds they produce. The second assessment targeted initial letter recognition, using a list of words featuring letters and sounds of the alphabet. The assessment also used three digraphs that are studied in the Super Sounds program. Results indicated that Super Sounds is a successful tool in developing students' phonemic awareness when used in conjunction with a whole language curriculum. (Contains 16 references; four graphs of study results and seven teacher interview transcripts are appended.) (Author/CR)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Note: M.A. Thesis, University of Virginia.